Medial Audit Shows Failures
In 2010 both Whiteabbey and Mid Ulster Hospitals were deemed medically unsafe, however an audit for doctors shows that there was several instances of medical risk within the Trust and reaffirms the theory of doctors that have spoken to Save The Mid in the past - The Mid Ulster Hospital lost its acute status at the same time as Whiteabbey to try and make Antrim Hospital safer, there was never a risk in Mid Ulster.
GENERAL THEMES ARISING FROM APPRAISALS
Medical staff continue to have a very high level of commitment and enthusiasm for the delivery of clinical services and for the delivery of clinical teaching.
A number of concerns impinging upon the ability of clinical staff to deliver high quality, safe services were highlighted. These include:
- Recruitment difficulties and medical staff vacancies;
- Admin/clerical support;
- Lack of cancer nurse specialists; and
- Need for funding for new equipment such as insulin pumps.
A number of specialties highlighted very specific concerns:
- Aging equipment in radiology and laboratory;
- Availability of dialysis slots in renal unit; and
- Staffing levels in the Child and Mental Health Adolescent Service.